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    Online Master of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Institutional Membership(s): SOC PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Master of Science - Master's Enrollment: 500 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: E-mail, Postal, Voice Subject: Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

     
    DESCRIPTION
    The program is offered entirely online. No campus attendance is required. New students are provided CD-ROM-based and web-based orientations that include computer/software requirements; online access, tools and methods; and library access. Also, new students are invited to the campus for an optional one-day Student Success Workshop.

    The school has been a pioneer in online graduate education. It began offering online programs in 1983 and created the first electronic classroom in 1985. Since that time, it has developed other unique software tools to enhance the online learning environment. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, the Electronic Library, and other information and to participate in a range of activities that facilitate frequent student杙rofessor and student� interaction. Faculty members and students interact via online forums using threaded discussion boards, email, chat rooms, and electronic classrooms. In addition, the school provides a system that enables the student to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive the course professor抯 online reviews of assignments in the same multimedia formats.

    The program focuses on the technological foundations of computer information systems including areas such as database systems, human-computer interaction, data and computer communications, computer security, computer graphics, software engineering, and object-orientation. It is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the field and to provide an enduring foundation for future professional growth. The 36 credit-hour program blends theory and practice into a learning experience that develops skills applicable to complex real-world problems. Full-time students may earn the master抯 degree in 12 months, and working professionals may earn the degree in 12�months. The curriculum is consistent with recommendations for a model curriculum in computer information systems as outlined by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

    Students have the option to pursue the M.S. in computer information systems with a specialization in information security, which requires 42 credit hours. It includes 15 credit-hours in information security.

    The school participates in several federal and military programs including the DANTES Distance Learning Program, and the U.S. Army抯 new online initiative, eArmyU. The school has a chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the International Honor Society for Computing Sciences, and a student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the largest in Florida.

    Curriculum

    Core courses and electives are listed below. Students may substitute up to two electives in lieu of two core courses. Students who wish to take an additional elective in lieu of a core course must request approval from the program office prior to registration. If the thesis option is elected, two courses may be omitted. Plans for the thesis option must be made with the program office. A student wishing to register for MCIS 682, Project in Information Systems, must first obtain the approval of the faculty member who would supervise the project.

    Core Courses:
    MCIS 611 Survey of Programming Languages
    MCIS 615 Operating Systems Concepts
    MCIS 620 Information Systems
    MCIS 625 Computer Graphics
    MCIS 630 Database Systems
    MCIS 645 Software Engineering
    MCIS 650 Data Communications Networks
    MCIS 661 Object-Oriented Applications
    MCIS 665 Client朣erver Computing
    MCIS 670 Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems
    MCIS 671 Decision Support Systems
    MCIS 680 Human朇omputer Interaction

    Electives: (MCIS 683� may also be taken as electives)
    MCIS 621 Information Systems Project Management
    MCIS 623 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Computing
    MCIS 631 Database Systems Project
    MCIS 651 Project in Data Communications Networks
    MCIS 652 Computer Security
    MCIS 654 Electronic Commerce on the Internet
    MCIS 681 Multimedia Systems
    MCIS 682 Project in Information Systems
    MCIS 688 Continuing Thesis in Computer Information Systems
    MCIS 691 Special Topics in Computer Information Systems
    MCIS 699 Master抯 Thesis in Computer Information Systems

    The M.S. in CIS with Specialization in Information Security (Required Courses):
    MCIS 611 Survey of Computer Languages
    MCIS 615 Operating System Concepts
    MCIS 630 Database Systems
    MCIS 645 Software Engineering
    MCIS 650 Data Communications Networks
    MCIS 665 Client朣erver Computing
    MCIS 670 Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems
    MCIS 671 Decision Support Systems
    MCIS 680 Human朇omputer Interaction
    MCIS 683 Secure Computer Systems
    MCIS 684 Applied Cryptography
    MCIS 685 Database Security
    MCIS 686 Advanced Network Security
    MCIS 687 Information Security Project

    See the school抯 master's brochure or graduate catalog for course descriptions. These documents may be downloaded from the school's website.
     
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    N/A
    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
    Students are provided university computer accounts but must have an active account with an Internet service provider. Students may use either an IBM-compatible PC or Apple/Macintosh computer. The university accounts allow access to certain databases, Forums, ESET, and other programs. The following are minimum requirements. Individual professors may have additional software and hardware requirements, depending on the course. Such additional requirements will be posted well before the start of the term.

    IBM-compatible PC
    Pentium 200 MMX processor or higher, Pentium III/4 processor recommended; 64 Megabytes of RAM (128MB or higher preferred); CD-ROM; 20GB hard drive (30GB or higher preferred); SVGA (1024 x 768) or higher display; Full Duplex Sound card with speakers/headphones and microphone; Windows Operating System; 56 kb Modem (or faster) Internet connection through an account on an ISP, or a network connection to the Internet.

    Macintosh
    PowerPC 120Mhz processor or higher, G4 processor recommended; 64 Megabytes of RAM (128MB or higher preferred); CD-ROM; 20GB hard drive (30GB or higher preferred); 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution, thousands of colors; Full Duplex Sound with a microphone; System 8.6 or higher operating system; 56 kb Modem (or faster) Internet connection through an account on an ISP, or a network connection to the Internet.

    Software
    Netscape 4.75 or higher, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher. Proprietary browser versions (those not downloaded directly from Netscape or Microsoft) may not work reliably with the school抯 systems; Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0; Microsoft Office 2000 (or higher) (If you use other office type programs, some professors may require you to convert your files to a MS-Office compatible format for online submission.) Your connection to the internet must not initiate from behind a firewall. Any other operating system may be used (e.g. Linux) but must support the software specified here.
     
    ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
    Online students are provided access to the same library resources normally available to on-campus students. The university抯 Distance Library Services (DLS) are accessible from a web site that provides online students with the ability to conduct index and catalog searches, request books, journal articles, and other documents using online forms, and to contact a reference librarian. Students may also communicate with the DLS office using email, telephone, and fax. The NSU Library system provides access to over 10 million volumes, 200 online databases, and 28,000 full-text journals. All materials mailed by the library are sent by first-class mail. When books are borrowed, the student has to pay a small charge for third-class postage to return them. Books are loaned for one month. Periodical copies or ERIC documents need not be returned.

    Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, as the university's official bookstore, offers comprehensive bookstore services to our local and online students and carries textbooks for all the university抯 courses. While students have the option to purchase textbooks from other online and local sources, there are benefits from purchasing from the university's bookstore (on-campus or online), including better availability. The university's bookstore provides the full-spectrum of shipping options. The school insures that required textbooks are available, and then posts them on its website at least one month prior to the start of each term. Students should place their orders early enough to ensure delivery prior to the start of the term.
    ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
    The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers the university抯 financial aid programs of grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment and provides professional financial advisers to help students plan for the most efficient use of their financial resources for education. In order to participate in financial aid programs, a student must be admitted into a university program and must be a citizen, a national, or a permanent resident of the United States, or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose.

    A prospective student who requires financial assistance must apply for financial aid while he or she is a candidate for admission. Students/applicants may apply for financial aid online. For additional information or application forms call 800-806-3680 or 954-262-3380. To continue financial aid, at a minimum, enrolled students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward a stated educational objective in accordance with the university抯 policy on satisfactory progress for financial aid recipients.

    SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    N/A
    SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    Students must attain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
    Advisement is conducted regularly by the graduate program office (director and advisors) and the faculty. Program office staff and faculty may be reached by email or telephone.
    SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
    Up to six graduate credits may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. Courses proposed for transfer must have received grades of at least B. Students must request approval of transfer credits in writing at the time of application (see instruction on the application form). Copies of catalog course descriptions or course syllabi are required to process requests for transfer credits.
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    Admission of Non-Degree Students

    A qualified applicant wishing to take one or more master抯-level courses but not having an immediate degree objective at the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences is welcome to request non-degree status. An applicant requesting non-degree status must have an earned bachelor抯 degree in a related field from a regionally accredited college or university and must submit an application form, official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate education, a Request for Computer Account Form, and an application fee. Admission forms may be obtained from the Office of Admissions or may be downloaded from the school抯 website. Non-degree students may take up to 18 credits and must maintain a 3.0 GPA to continue enrollment in non-degree status. The non-degree student may apply for degree status at any time by completing the regular graduate admissions application process. Satisfactory completion of courses by non-degree students does not guarantee admission to the master抯 degree program. Courses completed while the student is in a non-degree status will be evaluated by a faculty committee as to the suitability of their transfer into the desired master抯 degree program. Courses applied to a graduate degree must fall within the time frame specified for the master抯 degree. An international student on an I-20 cannot be enrolled as a non-degree student. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.
    SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
    N/A
    SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
    N/A
    OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
    N/A

     


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